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Farage: Over-70s 'uncomfortable' with homosexuality

Nigel Farage defended previous comments made by Ukip candidate Roger Helmer. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has claimed that most over-70s in Britain are uncomfortable about homosexuality.

Mr Farage was defending Ukip's candidate for the upcoming Newark by-election Roger Helmer, who has been at the centre of a row over his alleged homophobia after suggesting some people find same-sex relationships "distasteful if not viscerally repugnant".

He told BBC One's Sunday Politics: "When Roger grew up, and indeed when he was an adult, homosexuality was illegal in this country and he held that view for some period of time.

"And actually if we asked 70s and over in this country how they felt about it, most of them still feel uncomfortable," he said.

Mr Farage claimed the Newark candidate "now accepts there has been a big social change in Britain and he's relaxed about it".